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November Virtual Teen Book Club

We miss interacting with our teens and want to invite you all to join the Virtual Teen Book Club! Unlike other book clubs, which force everyone to read the same book, we know you want more autonomy than that. Each month we will pick a theme around which to focus your reading. Our next meeting is November 10th at 3:30PM via Zoom and our theme is new school, new beginnings. Read any book dealing with starting over fresh. This book club is open to all Sonoma County residents between the ages of 13 and 18 who would like to join.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4479889

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our teen librarians involved in the book club will be reading alongside you and book talking our choices for the month on our Youtube channel. You can select one of our recommendations or any other book you want which fits the theme. For more information, email teenbooks@sonomalibrary.org

Librarian Picks

Lobizona

Lobizona by Romina Garber (she/her)
Recommended by Alex (she/her) at Windsor.

“When her mother is arrested by ICE, sixteen-year-old Argentinian Manu -- who thinks she is hiding in a Miami apartment because she is an undocumented immigrant -- discovers that her entire existence is illegal. As an undocumented immigrant on the run from her father's Argentine crime-family, Manuela Azul is confined to a small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida. Then her surrogate grandmother is attacked, lifelong lies are exposed, and her mother is arrested by ICE. Without a home, without answers, Manu investigates the only clue she has about her past: a mysterious "Z" emblem…”

Get a physical book here or an e-book or e-audiobook through Overdrive.

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (she/her)
Recommended by Sabine (she/her) at Sonoma Valley.

“Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass. That's what some girl tells Piddy Sanchez one morning before school. Too bad Piddy doesn't even know who Yaqui Delgado is, let alone what she's done to piss her off. All Piddy knows is that Yaqui hates her -- and she better watch her back because Yaqui isn't kidding around. At first Piddy just focuses on trying to find out more about the father she's never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy's life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off and running away from her problems?...”

Get a physical book here, or an e-book from Overdrive, or an e-book from Hoopla.
Also available in Spanish.

What I Carry

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo(she/her)
Recommended by Donna Romeo (she/her) at Cloverdale.

“Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses. And if she's learned one thing, it is to Pack. Light. Carry only what fits in a suitcase. Toothbrush? Yes. Socks? Yes. Emotional attachment to friends? foster families? a boyfriend? Nope! There's no room for any additional baggage. Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she's free. One year to avoid anything--or anyone--that could get in her way. Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean. And everything changes.”

Get a physical book here, or an e-book from Overdrive, or an e-audiobook from Hoopla.
Watch Donna’s book talk on YouTube here or watch below.

More Excellent Reads About New Beginnings

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillippe (he/him)

“When Norris, a black French Canadian, starts his junior year at an Austin, Texas, high school, he views his fellow students as cliches from ‘a bad 90s teen movie."

Get a physical book here, an Overdrive e-book or e-audiobook here, or a Hoopla e-audiobook here.

If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo (she/her)

“Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.”

Get a physical book here or an Overdrive e-book of e-audiobook here.

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon (she/her)

“Liliana Cruz does what it takes to fit in at her new nearly all-white school, but when family secrets come out and racism at school gets worse than ever, she must decide what she believes in and take a stand.”

Get a physical book here or an Overdrive e-book or e-audiobook here.

Parachutes

Parachutes by Kelly Yang (she/her)

“They're called parachutes: teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the US while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. Claire Wang never thought she'd be one of them, until her parents pluck her from her privileged life in Shanghai and enroll her at a high school in California. Suddenly she finds herself living in a stranger's house, with no one to tell her what to do for the first time in her life. She soon embraces her newfound freedom, especially when the hottest and most eligible parachute, Jay, asks her out. Dani De La Cruz, Claire's new host sister, couldn't be less thrilled that her mom rented out a room to Claire. An academic and debate-team star, Dani is determined to earn her way into Yale, even if it means competing with privileged kids who are buying their way to the top. . .”

Get a physical book here e-book or e-audiobook here.

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (she/her)

“Anna can't wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?”

Get a physical book here, or an Overdrive e-book or e-audiobook here.

November’s Virtual Pride Book Club

Queer YA Books about Gender Identity!

Our Virtual Pride Book Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of Queer YA Books about Gender Identity. You can select a book that fits the theme based on recommendations by librarians or choose your own! We will be meeting online at 3:30pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the November 3rd book club, visit https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4479860

Here are some of our recommendations:

Dark and Deepest Red

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them)
Recommended by Alex (she/her)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive.

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (he/him/they/them)
Recommended by Javier (he/him)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive.
Watch Javier’s book talk on YouTube, or watch below.

Mooncakes

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker (she/her) and Wendy Xu (she/her)
Recommended by Melissa (she/her)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this graphic novel digitally as an e-book via Hoopla.

Watch Melissa’s book talk on YouTube, or watch below.
Genderqueer

Genderqueer by Maia Kobabe (e/em/eir)
Recommended by Stuart (he/him)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this graphic novel digitally as an e-book via Overdrive.
And as an e-book and an e-audiobook on Hoopla!
To meet Maia Kobabe at our virtual Zine Fest, click here!

Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (they/them)
Recommended by Terra (she/her)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link on the catalog.
Or you can access this graphic novel digitally as an e-book via Overdrive.
Watch Terra’s book talk on YouTube, or watch below.

More Queer YA Books about Gender Identity:

(Hint: click on the book covers to go to go to the library catalog)

I Wish You All The Best

I Wish You All The Best
by Mason Deaver (they/them)

Dreadnought

Dreadnought
by April Daniels (she/her)

Stay Gold

Stay Gold
by Tobly McSmith (he/him)

Even if We Break

Even if We Break
by Marieke Nijkamp (all pronouns)

Into the Real

Into the Real
by Z. Drewer (they/them)

Somebody Told Me

Somebody Told Me
by Mia Siegert (they/them)

A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns
by Archie Bongiovanni (they/them) and Tristan Jimerson (he/him)

A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities
by Mady G. (they/them) and J.R. Zuckerberg (they/them)

Beyond Magenta

Beyond Magenta
by Susan Kuklin (she/her)

Jaya and Rasa

Jaya and Rasa
by Sonia Patel (she/her)

If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your Girl
by Meredith Russo (she/her)

When the Moon Was Ours

When the Moon Was Ours
by Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them)

Pet

Pet
by Akwaeke Emezi (they/them)

Out of Salem

Out of Salem
by Hal Schrieve (xie/hir)

Trans Mission

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard
by Alex Bertie (he/him)

Trans+

Trans+
by Kathryn Gonzales (she/her)

Gender Identity

Gender Identity
by Cynthia L. Winfield (she/her)

Birthday

Birthday
by Meredith Russo (she/her)

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Teen Book Club

We miss interacting with our teens and want to invite you all to join the Virtual Teen Book Club! Unlike other book clubs, which force everyone to read the same book, we know you want more autonomy than that. Each month we will pick a theme around which to focus your reading. Our next meeting is October 13th at 3:30PM via Zoom and our theme is paranormal, supernatural, or horror books. This book club is open to all Sonoma County residents between the ages of 13 and 18 who would like to join.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4479888

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our teen librarians involved in the book club will be reading alongside you and book talking our choices for the month on our Youtube channel. You can select one of our recommendations or any other book you want which fits the theme. For more information, email teenbooks@sonomalibrary.org

Librarian Picks

The Fell of Dark

The Fell of Dark by Caleb Roehrig (he/him)
Recommended by Stuart (he/him)at Guerneville.

“The only thing August Pfeiffer hates more than algebra is living in a vampire town. Located at a nexus of mystical energy fields, Fulton Heights is practically an electromagnet for supernatural drama. And when a mysterious (and annoyingly hot) vampire boy arrives with a cryptic warning, Auggie suddenly finds himself at the center of it. An ancient and terrible power is returning to the earthly realm, and somehow Auggie seems to be the only one who can stop it.”

Get an e-book through Overdrive
Watch Stuart’s book talk on YouTube here or watch below.

The Diviners

The Diviners by Libba Bray (she/her)
Recommended by Karen (she/her) at Petaluma.

“Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.”

Get a physical book here, or an e-audiobook Overdrive.
Watch Karen’s book talk on YouTube here or watch below.

Sunshine

Sunshine by Robin McKinley (she/her)
Recommended by Alex (she/her) at Windsor.

“All hope for stopping the vampiric elite from controlling earth depends on human SOFs (Special Other Forces) and the success of their attempt to recruit Sunshine, the daughter of legendary sorcerer Onyx Blaise.”

Get a physical book here, an e-book or e-audiobook here or a Hoopla e-book here.
Watch Alex’s book talk on YouTube here or watch below.

The Haunted

The Haunted by Danielle Vega (she/her)
Recommended by Sabine (she/her) at Sonoma Valley.

"To evade her manipulative ex-boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Hendricks' family moves to small-town New York, where she joins the popular crowd, but only her outcast neighbor, Eddie, can help chase vindictive ghosts from her new house…”

Get a physical book here or an Overdrive e-book or e-audiobook here.
Watch Sabine’s book talk on YouTube here or watch below.

More Excellent Horror/Supernatural Reads

Out of Salem

Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve (xie/hir)

"Genderqueer fourteen-year-old Z Chilworth has to adjust quickly to their new status as a zombie after waking from death from a car crash that killed their parents and sisters. Always a talented witch, Z now can barely perform magic and is rapidly decaying. Faced with rejection from their remaining family members and old friends, Z moves in with Mrs. Dunnigan, an elderly witch and befriends Aysel, a loud would-be-goth classmate who is, like Z, a loner. As Z struggles to find a way to repair the broken magical seal holding their body together, Aysel fears that her classmates will discover her status as an unregistered werewolf. “

Get a physical book here, an Overdrive e-book here, or a Hoopla e-book here.

Undead Girl Gang

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (she/her)

“While investigating the supposed suicides of her best friend, Riley, and mean girls June and Dayton, sixteen-year-old Wiccan Mila Flores accidentally brings them back to life.”

Get a physical book here or an Overdrive e-book or e-audiobook here.

The Raven’s Tale

The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winters (she/her)

“Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe's plans to escape his foster family, begin classes at the prestigious new university, and marry his beloved Elmira Royster go awry when a macabre Muse appears with a request.”

Get a physical book here or a Hoopla e-book here.

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White (she/her)

“Elizabeth Lavenza has been starved and beaten by her ‘caregiver’ until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything-- except a friend. To escape from misery, Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and soon she and Victor are inseparable. But as the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. She is determined to stay alive no matter the cost... as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.”

Get a physical book here and an Overdrive e-book or e-audiobook here.

Sawkill Girls

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand (she/her)

“On the island of Sawkill Rock, gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires. And girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight. Until now. They're the Sawkill Girls. Marion: awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Zoey: luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Val: gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Something dark is happening on the Rock. And they need to stop it.”

Get a physical book here, an Overdrive e-book or e-audiobook here, or a Hoopla e-audiobook here.

The Price Guide to the Occult

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton (she/her)

“Sixteen-year-old Nor, who comes from a long line of witches, prefers to hide her ability to communicate with nature and lives in constant fear of the return of her abusive mother.”

Get a physical book here, or an Overdrive e-book here.

Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link

“From the multiple award- winning "The Faery Handbag," in which a teenager's grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of "The Surfer," whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, these ten stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world.”

Get a physical book here or an Overdrive e-book here.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (she/her)

“Seventeen-year-old Mara cannot remember the accident that took the lives of three of her friends, but after moving from Rhode Island to Florida, finding love with Noah, and more deaths, she realizes uncovering something buried in her memory might save her family and her future.”

Get a physical book here or an Overdrive e-book here.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (she/her)

“When seventeen-year-old Tana wakes up following a party in the aftermath of a violent vampire attack, she travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a mysterious vampire boy in tow.”

Get a physical book here or an Overdrive e-audiobook here.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (she/her)

“In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.”

Get a physical book here, an Overdrive e-book here, or a Hoopla e-book here.

Celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month!

Did you know that Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month runs from September 15-October 15? This is a time dedicated to recognizing the achievements and contributions of Hispanic or Latinx (a gender-neutral alternative to the terms Latino or Latina) people to American society and culture. To celebrate this month, Sonoma County Library’s very own Hispanic and Latinx librarians pulled together some awesome books written by Latinx authors. Here are our YA recommendations!

(Hint: click on the book covers or title to go to go to the library catalog)

Clap When You Land

Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo (she/her)

The New David Espinoza

The New David Espinoza
by Fred Aceves (he/him)

Category Five

Category Five
by Ann Dávila Cardinal (she/her)

Salty, Bitter, Sweet

Salty, Bitter, Sweet
by Mayra Cuevas (she/her)

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From
by Jennifer De Leon (she/her)

Woven in Moonlight

Woven in Moonlight
by Isabel Ibañez (she/her)

Miss Meteor

Miss Meteor
by Tehlor Kay Mejia (she/her) and Anna-Marie McLemore (they/them)

We Set the Dark on Fire

We Set the Dark on Fire
by Tehlor Kay Mejia (she/her)

Furia

Furia
by Yamile Saied Méndez (she/her)

Each of Us A Desert

Each of Us A Desert
by Mark Oshiro (they/he)

Never Look Back

Never Look Back
by Lilliam Rivera (she/her)

Where We Go From Here

Where We Go From Here
by Lucas Rocha (he/him)

Lobizona

Lobizona
by Romina Garber (she/her)

We Are Not From Here

We Are Not From Here
by Jenny Torres Sanchez (she/her)

Running

Running
by Sylvester (she/her)

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything
by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland (she/her)

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas (they/them)

This Train is Being Held

This Train is Being Held
by Ismée Williams (she/her)

October’s Virtual Pride Book Club: Queer YA Horror and Supernatural Books!

Our Virtual Pride Book Club for Teens ages 13-18 continues this month with the theme of Queer YA Horror and Supernatural Books! The books for this month don’t have to be scary; anything that fits in with the theme of supernatural books will be just fine. Think books with witches, monsters, paranormal happenings, and creepy magical books. You can select a book that fits the theme based on recommendations by librarians or choose your own! We will be meeting online at 3:30pm on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the October 6 book club, visit https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4479859.

Here are some of our recommendations:

The Lost Coast

Alex (she/her) recommends
The Lost Coast, by Amy Rose Capetta (all pronouns)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link.
You can also order a Book on CD for curbside pickup at this link.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive.

Prelude for Lost Souls

Javier (he/him) recommends
Prelude for Lost Souls, by Helene Dunbar (she/her)

You can read this book as an e-book on Hoopla.

Blood Countess

Melissa (she/her) recommends
Blood Countess, by Lana Popovic (she/her)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Hoopla.

Deathless Divide

Stuart (he/him) recommends
Deathless Divide, by Lana Popovic (she/her)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book via Overdrive.
And as an e-book and an e-audiobook on Hoopla.

When We Were Magic

Terra (she/her) recommends
When We Were Magic, by Sarah Gailey (they/them)

You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book via Overdrive.

More Queer YA Horror and Supernatural books:

These Witches Don’t Burn

These Witches Don’t Burn
by Isabel Sterling (she/her)

Witchlight

Witchlight
by Jessi Zabarsky (she/her)

Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls
by Rory Power (she/her)

Sawkill Girls

Sawkill Girls
by Claire Legrand (she/her)

Carmilla

Carmilla
by Kim Turrisi (she/her)

Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost
by Zoraida Córdova (she/her)

Mooncakes

Mooncakes
by Suzanne Walker (she/her) and Wendy Xu (she/her)

Half-Bad

Half-Bad
by Sally Green (she/her)

The Dark Tide

The Dark Tide
by Alicia Jasinka (she/her)

Pet

Pet
by Akwaeke Emezi (they/them)

Witches of Ash and Ruin

Witches of Ash and Ruin
by by E. Latimer (she/her)

Ink in the Blood

Ink in the Blood
by Kim Smejkal (she/her)

Ghost Wood Song

Ghost Wood Song
by Sally Green (she/her)

Destroy All Monsters

Destroy All Monsters
by Sam J. Miller (he/him)

Missing, Presumed Dead

Missing, Presumed Dead
by Emma Berquist (she/her)

Out of Salem

Out of Salem
by Hal Schrieve (xie/hir)

Vampires Never Get Old

Vampires Never Get Old
by Hal Schrieve (xie/hir)
Coming soon

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys
by Aiden Thomas (they/them)
Coming soon

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September’s Virtual Pride Book Club: Queer books by Black authors!

We are excited to announce our brand new Virtual Pride Book Club for Teens! Several of our branches held in-person Pride Book Clubs in the before times, and now we are taking it virtual! This means that teens from all over Sonoma County, between the ages of 13-18 can join. We will be meeting at 3:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Instead of having everyone read the same book, there will be a theme each month. The theme for September 2020 is queer YA by Black authors. You can select a book that fits the theme based on recommendations by librarians or choose your own! For more information, email teenpride@sonomalibrary.org.

To register for the September 1 book club, visit https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4479858.

Here are some of our recommendations:

The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta (he/him)
Recommended by Melissa (she/her).
You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive.
Watch Melissa’s book talk on YouTube here or watch below.

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus (she/her)
Recommended by Stuart (he/him)
You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive.
Watch Stuart’s book talk on YouTube here or watch below.

You Should See Me in a Crown

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (she/her)
Recommended by Terra (she/her)
You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive. And as an e-audiobook on Hoopla!
Watch Terra’s book talk on YouTube here or watch below.

How to Be Remy Cameron

How to Be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters (he/him)
Recommended by Alex (she/her)
You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book via Hoopla.

Watch Alex’s book talk on YouTube here or watch below.

The Sound of Stars

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow (she/her)
Recommended by Javier (he/him)
You can order a physical copy of this book for curbside pickup at this link.
Or you can access this book digitally as an e-book and an e-audiobook via Overdrive. And as an e-audiobook on Hoopla!

Watch Javier’s book talk on YouTube here or watch below.

More Queer YA books by Black authors:

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story
by Kacen Callender (they/them)

Odd One Out

Odd One Out
by Nic Stone (she/her)

Blade So Black

Blade So Black
by L. L. McKinney (she/her)

Felix Ever After

Felix Ever After
by Kacen Callender (they/them)

Pet

Pet
by Akwaeke Emezi (they/them)

Running With Lions

Running With Lions
by Julian Winters (he/him)

By Any Means Necessary

By Any Means Necessary
by Candice Montgomery (non-binary she/her/Dad)

Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure
by Camryn Garrett (she/her)

The Weight of the Stars

The Weight of the Stars
by Kayla Ancrum (she/her)

The Wicker King

The Wicker King
by Kayla Ancrum (she/her)

If it Makes you Happy

If it Makes you Happy
by Claire Kann (she/her)

The Good Luck Girls

The Good Luck Girls
by Charlotte Micole Davis (she/her)

All Boys Aren’t Blue

All Boys Aren’t Blue
by George M. Johnson (he/him)

This is What it Feels Like

This is What it Feels Like
by Rebecca Barrow (she/her)

The Beauty that Remains

The Beauty that Remains
by Ashley Woodfolk (she/her)

Little & Lion

Little & Lion
by Brandy Colbert (she/her)

Clap When You Land

Clap When You Land
by Elizabeth Acevedo (she/her)

 

Other media:

Music

Dirty Computer

Dirty Computer
by Janelle Monae (on Hoopla)

Movies

Rafiki

Rafiki
(on Hoopla)

 

 

 

 

Virtual Teen Book Club

We miss interacting with our teens and want to invite you all to join the Virtual Teen Book Club! Unlike other book clubs, which force everyone to read the same book, we know you want more autonomy than that. Each month we will pick a theme around which to focus your reading. Our first meeting is SEPTEMBER 8th at 3:30PM via Zoom and our theme is social justice/Black Lives Matter. This book club is open to all Sonoma County residents between the ages of 13 and 18 who would like to join.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://events.sonomalibrary.org/event/4479887

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our teen librarians involved in the book club will be reading alongside you and book talking our choices for the month on our Youtube channel. You can select one of our recommendations or any other book you want which fits the theme. For more information, email teenbooks@sonomalibrary.org

Librarian Picks

The Grief Keeper

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

Picked by Stuart at Guerneville

“After escaping a detention center at the U.S. border, seventeen-year-old Marisol agrees to participate in a medical experiment hoping to keep her and her younger sister, Gabi, from being deported to El Salvador.”

A Song Below Water

A Song Below Water by Bethany Morrow

Picked by Alex at Windsor

“In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers. Meanwhile, Effie is fighting her own family struggles, pitted against literal demons from her past. Together, these best friends must navigate through the perils of high school's junior year…”

All American Boys

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Picked by Karen at Petaluma

When a police encounter goes terribly wrong it leaves an African-American teenager, Rashad, in a hospital room recovering from his injuries. One of his white classmates, Quinn witnessed the incident from across the street and is forced to deal with the complicated reality of racism and police brutality in our country.

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

Picked by Sabine at Sonoma Valley

“Over the course of one night, two girls with two very different backgrounds must rely on each other to get through the violent race riot that has enveloped their city…”


More Excellent Reads on Social Justice

How It Went Down

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

“When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.”

Light It Up

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon

“Told in a series of vignettes from multiple viewpoints, Kekla Magoon's Light It Up is a powerful, layered story about injustice and strength--as well as an incredible follow-up to the highly acclaimed novel How It Went Down. Told from multiple viewpoints, this novel recounts the story of Shae Tatum. Shae, an unarmed thirteen-year-old black girl, is shot by a white police officer, throwing the community into upheaval - and making it a target for demonstrators.”

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed...”

March, Book One

March, Book One (and Book Two and Book Three by John Lewis

“March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.”

Tyler Johnson Was Here

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

“When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. The next day Tyler is missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels, mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.”

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

"A history of racist and antiracist ideas in America, from their roots in Europe until today, adapted from the National Book Award winner Stamped from the Beginning"

Black Enough:  Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Various Authors

"“A collection of short stories explore what it is like to be young and black, centering on the experiences of black teenagers and emphasizing that one person's experiences, reality, and personal identity are different than someone else.”

I Am Alfonso Jones

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina

“The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.”

Lies We Tell Ourselves

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

“In 1959 Virginia, Sarah, a black student who is one of the first to attend a newly integrated school, forces Linda, a white integration opponent's daughter, to confront harsh truths when they work together on a school project.”

Dear Martin

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

“Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.”

Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

“Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.”

The Voting Booth

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

“Marva was born ready for this day. She's always been driven to make a difference in the world, and what better way than to vote in her first election? Duke is so done with this election. He just wants to get voting over with so he can prepare for his band's first paying gig tonight. Only problem? Duke can’t vote. When Marva sees Duke turned away from their polling place, she takes it upon herself to make sure his vote is counted...”

This Is My America

This Is My America by Kim Johnson

“Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time--her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy's older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a "thug" on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town's racist history that still haunt the present?”


 

 

Call to Artists! Black Lives Matter Mural

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Libraries in the Age of COVID-19

It’s been a crazy couple of months in the world and we’ve missed our teens dearly. While sheltering at home, we were trying to figure out what the new normal for libraries would look like. How could we connect with our teenagers and provide them with valuable resources and support during this tumultuous time? We researched different digital platforms, read a ton of new YA novels, and investigated programs we could do remotely.


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Programming?

We are not yet able to get together in person, but that isn’t going to stop us. Now that our branches are open for curbside pick-up, the Sonoma County Library Young Adult Services Librarians are hard at work coming up with ways to have virtual programs and volunteering as well. Things will look different of course, but we are trying hard to ensure some of your favorite programs are still available. Anime Club, Book Clubs, and Teen Crafts are all in the works. Be on the lookout for sign-ups to do an online teen volunteer orientation to get in your service hours and gain important job skills. Do you have a suggestion on a program we should work on? Submit your suggestion to us and we’ll try to make it happen.


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Book Suggestions?

Do not forget that curbside is for everyone! Either call your local library branch or request materials through the library catalog. Between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm Monday through Saturday our library staff is available to answer any and all your reference questions, recommend books, or check out your materials. Librarians are also working hard at getting together book talks to help you choose your next great read. In addition to our book talks, you can always ask us to put together personal reading recommendations for you through the What Should I Read Next? section of the website. Give us details about your favorite reads and interests and we will give you a list of 2 to 3 options you might enjoy with reasons as to why we picked them.

 

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